Sea Salt vs. Table Salt

The topic of salt and sodium is somewhat controversial, especially if you are talking about sea salt vs. table salt… but most medical professionals will agree with this point: we need to reduce the amount of sodium that we are eating. The Standard American Diet is full of foods with added sodium/salt, just read the labels on the processed foods at the grocery store and you will see what I mean!

In addition to the salty processed and packaged foods, Americans are receiving higher levels of salt when they eat out, many restaurants add salt to all of their dishes to enhance the flavors. Luckily, there is an easy way to cut back on your sodium intake when you are eating at home, try substituting your table salt with pure sea salt.

Here are a few points that distinguish sea salt from table salt:

  • Sea salt is produced by evaporating sea water, which leaves behind the salt and also trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium.
  • Table salt is produced by tapping into underground salt deposits, the salt is mined and processed to remove trace minerals.
  • Sea salt is minimally processed and pure (no additional ingredients are added).
  • Table salt is processed and has additives, usually to prevent clumping.
  • Sea salt naturally contains small amounts of iodine.
  • Table salt has been stripped of the trace elements, so the iodine has to be added back into the salt.

One of the biggest advantages of using sea salt instead of table salt is that is has a more potent taste, so you don’t need to use as much. For example, when I substitute sea salt for table salt in recipes, I always cut the salt amount in HALF!

Using less salt will help to lower sodium levels, which in turn can help to lower/maintain blood pressure levels. Consuming processed table salt over the years can lead to hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease and it can also harm the minerals in the bones. Additionally, table salt can cause bloating, because the body reacts by retaining water in order to handle the salt.

As you cut out regular table salt and cut back on the amount of salt that you are consuming, you will discover that your taste buds start to change and you don’t want as much salt in your food! For example, I used to be able to eat out at any fast food place without thinking twice about it, but if I eat restaurant food now I usually end up with a dry mouth after because of the higher amount of sodium in the food. I often request for the salt to be left out of my food now (if possible) and I don’t miss the taste at all.

A little bit of salt is healthy and necessary in the diet, but be cautious about how what type of salt you are using and how much salt you are consuming. Sea salt is a much healthier alternative to regular table salt.

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